February, 1926, Saturday 13

At last the day has arrived! I hurried home as quickly as I could, and got everything ready. Margaret [the housekeeper] refused point-blank to polish my shoes, so I left rather ill-humoured, but this soon wore off when I arrived. I was the first to…

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March, 1926, Sunday 28

Sixth Sunday of Holy Communion. Brought home some palm. I think I stood without moving during the long Epistle, but it was agony. – Practised piano, and tidied up pantry, and my books in Father Pat’s studio. I have quite a nice library now. Have…

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April, 1926, Sunday 11

Went to 7.30 Mass at the convent in Bandon, but got a puncture on the way, and came only just in time for Holy Communion. So had to go to 12 Mass again. I drove them all in, but Mickie got nervous in case I…

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April, 1926, Friday 16

Are doing at present the reaction of the French Revolution in the History class. It is very interesting. I have determined to work very hard at French, maths and Irish, with Harmony and violin, this term, and during the hols if possible, as I am…

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May, 1926, Tuesday 18

Was thrown out of Dickie’s class to-day because a fellow put stones into my sack, I tried to throw them inside his coat, and they fell on the ground. I know I was in the wrong to-day and must try and keep quiet in future…

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July, 1926, Sunday 4

Worked all the morning. Fr. Engelmann and Miss O’Brien are for dinner. It is the last time Fr. Engelmann will be in this house – she is leaving on July 12th and will be in Dunquin with Miss O’Brien from to-morrow till then. We all…

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July, 1926, Tuesday 6

The exams are over at the School of Music now. Robert O’Dwyer examined piano, who gave lessons to the shivering pupils in harmony and theory instead of giving them marks. He only wrote a report about each of them. Miss Barker will probably give the…

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July, 1926, Saturday 10

Fr. Pat came this morning for an hour before returning to Dunmanway after the retreat. He is going to motor us to Cappoquin on Monday, and stay with us till Wednesday! Took a message to Mrs. Neeson about Cappoquin, and then cycled to Horgans’. Had…

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September, 1926, Wednesday 1

Got Mass by the skin of my teeth this morning. Bargained 14 more stamps off Brian! After dinner went off to Horgans’. Joe and I rowed up the river, landed and had a game with his new rugby football, then had a fine swim, diving…

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September, 1926, Friday 17

The fellows were laughing at me again to-day because I was so silent in Dickie’s class. They said I was offended with him and insulted. But I’ll remain so till the end of the year and work hard. Brought my atlas to show Scannie. He’s…

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